More and more these days “accessibility” overlays are taking over the Web landscape. The impact of these is far-reaching and the marketing behind it drives the overlay space as more and more unsuspecting companies and organizations sign contracts with these unscrupulous overlay vendors and get duped into thinking that an overlay will fix all their accessibility issues. In fact, they are more and more prevalent daily.
I will go into what overlays are, why they create more barriers than they do remove them, and explain to the audience why they are harmful to the disabled community and what to do when you come across an overlay and how to fight back and make the Web more accessible by taking these overlays down.
Adrian’s article about the W3C community group that was formed by UserWay
False advertising harms consumers and is damaging to a fair marketplace. It is also illegal. In addition to false advertising being a violation of Federal law, all 50 states have legislation aimed at protecting consumers in their state from deceptive practices.
My take on the harassment of accessibility professionals and experts on social media by overlay company represenatives.
Web accessibility professional
Web Accessibility Expert
Using an overlay service will get you sued. Adrian goes into detail about it.